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Old 11-04-14, 08:51 PM
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Nearly hit them

Just got back from a quick trip to the grocery in the car. Turning off of a 4-lane arterial (45 + mph) with a wide turn/lane median I had to slam on the brakes. Someone on a 29" mtn bike with no headlight, no reflectors on handlebars or pedals, dressed completely in dark clothing, streaked by the store entry in front of me. Just a slight downhill so they had a decent speed going on. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I would have really hated to hit them but, I don't know how much responsibility I would have felt.

I couldn't help but think that every driver that is "surprised" by this rider will come away with a bad feeling towards bicycles. That level of irresponsibility really ticks me off. I know this happens all the time but I just wanted to vent.
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